Annual Report 2017/2018

  • July 05, 2018

Summary of Meetings: Civil Litigation - Vancouver Island

Number of Meetings Held: 8

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Guest Speaker: Rosemarie Barnes, Confident Stages, Nanaimo and Voyager Magazine, Theatre Academies
Meeting Title/Topic: Speaking With Excellence
Synopsis: Ms. Barnes introduced us to the persuasive power of excellent public speaking and open the door to understanding how to reinforce your message using body language, delivery skills, the power of the voice, movement, and how all of the above can either strengthen or dilute your message.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Guest Speaker: Douglas White, Director of the Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation, Vancouver Island
Meeting Title/Topic: What Does the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Report Mean for the bar?
Synopsis: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has published a list of Calls to Action Calls as part of their final report that was published in 2015. Action 25 to 42 deal with Justice. Among those, the TRC has issued recommendations to ensure that law students and lawyers receive appropriate cultural competency training, including skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism. Doug White discussed what this means for the bar and what we as lawyers need to know.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Guest Speaker: Scott Farquhar, Pearlman Lindholm, and Simon Gray-Schleihauf, Shields Harney
Meeting Title/Topic: Dealing With Experts: Retention, Communication and Management Thereof
Synopsis: The speakers discussed practical issues relating to expert witnesses and tips on how to choose, use, and prepare experts for your case.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Guest Speaker: Christopher A. Siver - Mulroney & Company
John C. Adams - Cook, Roberts LLP
Meeting Title/Topic: Employment Law: Pleadings, Wallace Damages, Settlement, and Tax Consequence
Synopsis: Chris Siver & John Adams gave an overview of employment law issues from pleadings to tax consequences.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Guest Speaker: Mitch Seely - MacIsaac & Company
Jim Legh - Stevenson Luchies & Legh
Meeting Title/Topic: Document Disclosure: Seeking Further Disclosure from the Opposing Party
Synopsis: Jim Legh spoke about the document discovery obligations of counsel with reference to materiality and relevance and claims of privilege. Mitch Selly followed up from this in the second half of the meeting with obtaining disclosure of documents when privilege is claimed with a focus on obtaining files from insurance adjusters.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Guest Speaker: John Waddell, Q.C. - Waddell Raponi LLP
Greg Harney - Shields Harney
Meeting Title/Topic: Fundamentals of Arbitration Practice
Synopsis: John Waddell, Q.C., and Greg Harney, both experienced arbitrators as well as arbitration counsel, provided an overview of arbitration practice, including initial strategic considerations, choice of procedure, and how to conduct the arbitration.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Guest Speaker: John C. Adams, Partner, Cook Roberts LLP
Meeting Title/Topic: BC Ferries Agreements
Synopsis: John Adams provided an overview of BC Ferries Agreements, including when and how to use them, and how the agreement would impact the continuing court proceedings. John focuses on litigation and dispute resolution in the areas of construction and commercial law, employment law, and human rights matters.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Guest Speaker: Deanna Rivers - Stevenson Luchies & Legh
Meeting Title/Topic: Section 58 of WESA....What You Should Know
Synopsis: Deanna discussed the evolution of Section 58 in the 3 years since WESA came into force.

Comments and Observations of the Chair

This year was a great success for the Civil Litigation – Vancouver Island Section due to work and dedication of this year’s executive and members at large. We were able to increase the number of meetings over previous years as well as increase our member reach by having a webinar option available for each meeting. There were a few hiccups with the webinar technology however we hope to minimize those in the future and to continue to bring relevant content to our members and will continue to use webinars as often as possible to ensure that our members from all over the Island, and elsewhere, can attend our meetings.  

We encourage members to send us ideas for meeting topics and speakers that they would like to hear at meetings next year by sending an email to